Zinch.com?

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kohelet:
I've just received an email from a student asking me to write a quick grad school recommendation at zinch.com.  Has anyone heard of this?  According to the website, it's used by lots of admissions offices for matching college and grad school applicants to scholarships and gathering recommendations.  Their list of participating universities is impressive ... but that makes me wonder why I've never heard of it--maybe just because it's mostly used by high school students?  Is this legit?

If it is legit, any opinions about it?  I just closed my LinkedIn account* because I didn't like being asked to "endorse" alumni with public one-liners.  I suppose this isn't public, so it has that going for it, but I still feel weird about submitting FERPA-protected information to a third-party website.


* A decision chronicled here: http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,125999.msg2542095.html#msg2542095

new_bus_prof:
I honestly don't pay attention to the host sites. And there are many host sites.

Usually the requests I get are to post student recommendation letters for specific universities, programs, scholarships, or jobs. As long as the student verifies the list with me, then I post accordingly.

matthewpurdon:
Hello, I am the Product Director for Zinch.com.  We have relationships with many leading universities and gradschool programs and list over $1B in scholarships. It is more widely used by high school students, but many college students also use it to seek graduate programs.  Students can create a profile with recommendations to showcase their achievements and get contacted by admissions officers.  The student's profile is not searchable, but the student can share their public profile URL with admissions officers.

For more information about Zinch or our parent company, Chegg, check out these links:
http://www.zinch.com/press
http://www.chegg.com/mediacenter/

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

- Matthew Purdon





 

burnie:
Quote from: matthewpurdon on April 26, 2013, 12:00:20 PM

Hello, I am the Product Director for Zinch.com.  We have relationships with many leading universities and gradschool programs and list over $1B in scholarships. It is more widely used by high school students, but many college students also use it to seek graduate programs.  Students can create a profile with recommendations to showcase their achievements and get contacted by admissions officers.  The student's profile is not searchable, but the student can share their public profile URL with admissions officers.

For more information about Zinch or our parent company, Chegg, check out these links:
http://www.zinch.com/press
http://www.chegg.com/mediacenter/

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

- Matthew Purdon

 


Zinch?  Chegg?  Where the heck do they get these weird a$$ names?

funkypeanut:
CYA. Student must sign a FERPA waiver for Zinch, Chegg, or whatever other weird-a$$ website names this company has. Whether this is legitimate is the student's problem, but you do have the right to say no. Burnie, my guess is that this is the result of a focus group, possibly one plied with alcohol.

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